Solid colors in the bed linens and curtains are a good balance for the patterned wallpaper in this bedroom. Vintage touches, including a typewriter and old table, work with the contemporary pieces as well.
Part of the charm in a true farmhouse is the way old pieces are given new life or new purpose. You can bring cozy comfort to an old table with a fresh coat of chalk paint. Pair with mixed-and-matched chairs, and then top the table with a jar filled with fresh flowers to complete your farmhouse look.
A bright kids' room features a play station made by cutting down an old kitchen table and adding a mixing bowl to the center for art supplies and pencils. A fresh coat of green paint and child-sized chairs decoupaged with maps complete the space.
An old farm table with faded wood on top and distressed teal paint on the legs was cut in half long ways and affixed to the wall, to create the mudroom console table. The table provides a place to rest keys, sunglasses and other daily essentials.
For a designated place to work on crafts, draw and color with crayons, a custom play table was made from an old coffee table cut down to size with a saw, sanded, then painted white and green. The child-sized chairs were picked up at a flea market, sanded, painted and decoupaged with vintage maps.
With a desire to host year-round soirees, these homeowners traded in their old picnic tables to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining oasis. The space's true focal point is the wooden gazebo at the far end of the yard next to a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs and a decorative stone wall. The grilling, cooking and dining area are all in one spot, making the grill-to-table transition an easy one.
This contemporary cottage living room is inspired by the homeowner's love for old pieces that tell a story. The wood over the fireplace is from an old barn, the coffee table is an old wagon and the side table is an old military locker. Designer Tip: Mix up the old with the new. Buy a few select pieces that have history and incorporate them into a contemporary space.